Paris, 8 May 2019

In a letter to French Minister of Justice, Nicole Belloubet, Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, expressed “shock, on behalf of our 3,000 French members and our worldwide membership, at the cancellation of the court sentence against Holocaust denier, Alain Soral (a.k.a. Alain Bonnet), in direct violation of the Gayssot Act of 1990.”

The Centre urged the Minister “to act according to the values enunciated in today’s national holiday, 8 May V-E (Victory in Europe) Day.”

The letter added that, “on 21 January, our Centre exposed the disdain held by many for Alain Soral at the extreme right rally in Rungis. The denial of justice for his Holocaust Denial, by the Public Prosecutor, has now made him into a resurrected hate-hero.”

“Madam Minister, this 74th anniversary of the end of Nazi Occupation and of World War II cannot be sullied by such appeasement and liberation for neo-Nazis and antisemitic hatemongers. Alain Soral is an insult to all those who sacrificed their lives for the freedom we cherish this day,” concluded Samuels.